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Would Christopher Columbus pass as a practical Catholic to join the Knights of Columbus in the modern world today ?
Simply read deep into the Historical books and you decide. Many would historically argue absolutely not and for good purpose. This is the reason that the Knights of Columbus needs reform and to respect Catholic First Nations. The KofC is a 501 (C) (8) Tax exempt not for profit entity that is entitled to discriminate at will. The Knights of Columbus fight for traditional marriage, religious freedom, and pro-life rights. What about Catholic Native rights ? The Knights of Columbus historically has ignored any suggestion to change the name of the order. As the Knights of Columbus grows more as an international entity, what will happen ? Many Latin countries and cultures disapprove of Columbus and his historical crimes against the Natives. The people historically have raised the question about changing the name of the order to Knights of Christ. Christopher Columbus was not the first explorer of North America. The fact is that the First Nations first explored North America. Second, the Greeks provided creditable evidence that the Earth was round 2, 000 years before Columbus. Third, Leif Erikson discovered North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. To make the issue worse, Christopher Columbus mistakenly labeled our First Nations as Indians. It is embarrassing to read the history of when Queen Isabelle had Christopher Columbus arrested and sent back to Spain in Chains for barbaric crimes against the Arawaks. Then there is the problem that Christopher Columbus operated sex slavery. In his journal, he wrote in 1500, " A hundred Castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls, those from the ages of 9 and 10 now in demand. " In the modern world, this action would be defined as sex trafficking. Christopher Columbus was a war mogul seeking power and gold. In his journal he wrote, " I could conquer the whole of them with fifty men and govern them as I pleased. " Columbus demanded Gold, food, and sex for his men. If the First Nations refused, he would order for their noses, ears, and hands to be cut off or kill them. The body parts of the First Nations were fed to Columbus's hunting dogs. There is credible evidence that Columbus and his men killed over 300, 000 Natives through war. Christopher Columbus enslaved the First Nations for Gold. Columbus wrote, " As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some Natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts." Catholic Bishop Bartolome De Las Cases wrote, " Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel. My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that now I tremble as I write." King Ferdinand finally pardoned Christopher Columbus, but stripped his governor title for life. Pre-Columbus days, population of the arawaks of Hispaniola were about 5-8 Million. By 1542, Catholic Bishop Bartolome De Las Cases confirmed a record of less than 200. By 1555, the Arawaks became extinct. As a result, Christopher Columbus was accused of genocide through war, slavery, and biological warfare of disease. The public can understand that Pope Leo XIII has rejected the Knights of Columbus request to have Christopher Columbus recognized as a Saint. The world is moving in support of Indigenous rights. In 1994- United Nations declared Aug 9th as the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. Many states such as Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming DO NOT recognize Columbus Day. Hawaii celebrates Polynesian Discoverers and South Dakota celebrates Native American Day. Finally, Knights of Columbus reform should include NO KofC symbols on the Chalice or any Eucharist supplies during a mass. The focus should be on Christ and not a Catholic Insurance company. No Swords should be allowed in the church. Matthew 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, " Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword." Lets join together in prayer that the Knights of Columbus Supreme office will consider reform.
1) To change the order's name. 2) No Knights of Columbus symbols on the Eucharist items and the Chalice. 3) No Swords in the church.
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